Water and fire damage have the capacity to quickly ruin carpets, clothing, upholstery, wood, drywall, and many other materials in the home. Worse yet, even after removing the immediate threat, both disasters leave behind ongoing issues that can result in serious health problems for the people inside the building. That’s why repair technicians have to be some of the best-trained professionals in the world and be ready to adapt to work conditions that can change right away.
What is the real threat with water and fire damage?
Whenever flames or excess moisture are involved, organic materials inside the building are at risk. That’s because excess moisture often stimulates harmful mold and other microbial growth, while flames leave behind damaging ash residue. Excess moisture, especially contaminated moisture, can provide the perfect entry point for molds, bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms, and these microbes can multiply quickly when given the chance to consume organic materials. That’s why remediation firms will sometimes cut out drywall that appears to be dry when a flood wrecks a home. It ensures that the microbes aren’t able to spread up the wall.
Mold is particularly troublesome in homes with children or pets. Because both children and pets spend much of their time on the floor, it’s important to dispose of any carpet that has been saturated for an extended period of time. Failure to do so can cause respiratory or behavioral issues in the child.
Flames leave behind clouds of ash once they die out, and this ash quickly moves through the building and settles on anything it can land on. Ash is acidic and will etch glass, corrode metals, and leave behind a powerful odor. This is compounded by smoke residue, which lasts long after the flames have been knocked out. Ash is readily taken up into the home’s climate control system and spreads throughout the building, so it can travel through several rooms with ease.
Who can help eliminate water and fire damage?
Professionals certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) have access to the most modern equipment and methods in both industries. Technicians in the field can nail down the fundamentals better by taking the IICRC’s fire and smoke damage remediation course (FSRT), or the IICRC’s water damage remediation course (WRT). Both the FSRT and the WRT will teach professionals how to quickly assess and react to a variety of work situations. Students will also have hands-on experience with the most modern equipment and detergents, and can use this knowledge to destroy any lingering effects of a disaster.
And once a technician has attained certification in their chosen field, they can continue honing their skills with continuing education courses through the IICRC online. They can also opt for advanced certifications that improve the breadth of a technician’s ability.
In either case, a remediation technician will be ready for on-the-job experience as soon as they complete the IICRC’s coursework and pass the exam, and they will be able to accelerate their career as a result.